The 118th birth anniversary of the late musician Dilip Kumar Roy was recently celebrated at the Satyajit Ray auditorium, ICCR. The musical evening was organized by the Sura Kavya Trust. One of the important and interesting features of this year’s program was that a number of performers hailed from the United States of America. They rediscovered their roots and performed music and dance in remembrance of Dilip Kumar Roy also called Dadaji.
This year’s anniversary tribute saw the performance in a unique blend of dance and music by two performers from America. One is the Boston-based Mouli Pal and the other is Sujata Bhattacharya. She was supported by songs rendered by Sujata Bhattacharya who is also based in Boston. Their presentation was Madhu Murali Baje.
The other non-resident performer this year was Mandira Sarkar who was at one time associated with All India Radio, Kolkata. She now lives in North America sustaining her commitment to music through recitals at the North American Bengali Conference and on the Republic Day, Diwali and Buddha Jayanti celebrations at the Indian Embassy in Washington DC. This was her first journey into the world of Dilip Kumar Roy.
Professor Supriyo Bhattacharya set the tone for the evening with the Dadaji Oration to which Doordarshan veteran and poet Pankaj Saha added his personal impressions on the evening’s dance and music offerings.
The music and dance by the young performers set the perfect tone for this year’s birth anniversary celebrations of late musician Dilip Kumar Roy.
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A unique musical endeavor for a social cause was recently organized by Raag Anurag Music Research Academy. Smriti Lala who is the brain behind the music research academy was present at the event along with noted actress and playwright Saoli Mitra and Shri Srup Biswas, MIC Youth Services and Housing, Govt of West Bengal.
Raag Anurag Music research Academy has been organizing their annual event for the past couple of years. The academy was formed in 2000 and this year the academy completed its fourteenth year. The music research academy has ventured into the making of theme based programs for their yearly events. Crisis was the theme in 2002, while Journey was the theme in the year 2013. This year the theme has been kept as Peace.
Speaking at the occasion Saoli Mitra said “This is indeed a noble initiative taken up by Smriti Lala and I congratulate her for the work that she has done and also is doing at present. Such initiatives are of much help in recent times in our society. She thought out of the box and this is indeed great”.
“Music is the only medium with the help of which one can spread messages of love and peace among the people. In today’s world, there is so much strife among the people and this is causing problems for the people. To help them gain some moments of peace, we have organized this musical evening” said Smriti Lala.
The musical evening saw Smriti Lala and her team presenting patriotic, folk songs and also songs on peace. The audience at the auditorium were surely enthralled with the spirited performances and attained a few precious moments of peace.
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A sequel of the 2013 released film Goyenda Gogol “Gogoler Kirti” is the new adventure story of Gogol. The music launch of this film took place recently in the presence of the star cast and the musicians at Princeton Club.
Bengali Children Film Gogoler Kirti Audio Music Album Launch
Gogoler Kirti is a film which is aimed to bring back the old flavor of Durga Puja, puja special food and adda and also about family bonding. The music of the film has been composed by Surojit Chatterjee who said that the music has been composed keeping in mind the fact that this is essentially a film for the children. This is also the first time that the music director will be making Usha Uthup sing the theme song of the film Go Gogol Go. He had earlier worked with Usha Uthup for small screen shows. Sriradha Bandopadhyay, Usha Uthup, Rupankar and Surojit o Bondhura have lent their voices to the songs in the film.
Speaking to Sholoana Bangaliana Rupankar said “It feels great that a film for children has been made. I will be able to take my child and watch the film”.
The film unfolds in a village in Bengal. All the members of a once royal family assemble during the Durga Puja celebrations. Series of events take place and Gogol with his presence of mind solves them effectively. “The film will take many of us back to the times when joint families were a way of life. Moreover the Durga Puja in the background will also appeal to the children and their parents alike as the Durga Puja 2014 is just around the corner” said director Pompy Ghosh Mukherjee.
Ahijit Ghosh who plays the role of Gogol in the film was visibly excited about featuring in the sequel. The young actor said that he had a great time shooting for the film.
Saheb Chatterjee (Gogol’s father), Locket Chatterjee (Gogol’s mother), Indraneil Sengupta, Vikram Chatterjee, Bhaswar Chatterjee will be seen in pivotal roles in the film.
The film is eyeing a mid-September release.
Ekla Manomay, a solo performance by singer Manomay Bhattacharya was organized by the Behala Sanskritik Sammilani. This is a one of its kind initiative when the talented singer for the first time in his fourteen years of musical career performed solo for the audience at Rabindra Sadan. Eminent personalities like Debasree Roy, Kalyani Kazi, Saikat Mitra, Sudip Mukherjee, Tejendra Narayan, Soumyo Bose and others were present at the occasion to extend their support for the singer.
Manomay Bhattacharya Songs in Concert – Ekla Manomay
Manomay Bhattacharya is the fifth generation of Jadubhatta and is well known in the Bengali film industry as he has been the voice many a hit songs and Bengali audio music albums. He has even lent his voices to songs in films like Rangbaaz, Aar Ekti Premer Golpo, Sesher Kabita, Satyanweshi and others. He has received the Sangeet Samman 2013 from the West Bengal Government. Manomay has also performed globally in countries like USA, Singapore, Canada and Dhaka for musical programs.
The singer performed a huge range of songs at the solo event. Speaking at the occasion he said “I started by singing Nazrul Geeti followed by Rabindra Sangeet and Bhajans. This was followed by modern contemporary songs recording. I had never thought that I will be singing solo songs in front of a houseful audience. This is a great feeling for me and I am grateful for the love that I have been given by the people for the past so many years”. The singer was accompanied by actress Soumili on the stage.
The solo event of singer Manomay Bhattacharya proved to be a great success. It was a refreshing treat for the listeners who regaled in the singer’s presentation of the various genres of music and Sholoana Bangaliana Wishes the singer the very best and hopes to see him making it to the top of the chart in the Kolkata music circuit.
KK Live Performance Video
Aakash Institute, the iconic mentoring institute where thousands of students from all over the country come to chase their dreams presented a grand event called VYOM 2014 to celebrate the success of the students at the engineering and medical entrance examinations. The event took place at the Science City auditorium.
Mr. J. C. Chaudhry took charge of the event and described the journey of the institute over the last 26 years and also highlighted about the future plans. Subsequently students from both engineering and medical streams were awarded with medals for their achievement in JEE (Advanced), JEE (Main), AIPMT and WBJEE. Jwala Gutta gave away the prizes for the “Aakashians of the year”.
Jwala Gutta, one of the most promising badminton players of India who was also present at the event to give away the prizes to the students said “This is a grand occasion and I am happy to be a part of such an occasion. One should always have a never say die attitude. Only then will an individual be able to move on ahead in their lives. I wish the students all the very best for their future”.
Eminent singer KK took the stage and mesmerized the audience with one song after another. Some of the songs which he sang include “Sach keh raha hain deewana”, “Yaaron doston bari hi haseen hain”, “Bas ek pal”, “Tu hi meri shab hain”, “Dil khudgarz hain” and many more. He even sang a Bengali song “Akasher neel e” for which he thanked music director Jeet Ganguly.
VYOM 2014 was an event to remember for the students who studied at Aakash Institute.